7 really smart Korean celebrities including BTS’s RM and Song Joong-Ki

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By Céline Tan

June 14, 2021

Get to know these Korean stars who are not only blessed with good looks and talent, but also above average IQ

They already have it all: looks, talent, fame, wealth, influence and insane popularity, but because life is unfair, there are a whole bunch of K-pop and K-drama stars that are, on top of that. everything, smart. And not just, you know, casually smart, but a whole new level of genius genius.

And while it may seem at first glance that artists do not need to have the IQ of inventors or entrepreneurs, for example, a smart actor or actress may be able to analyze scripts better and characters and bringing that awesome side to performances, as well as skillfully navigating the rough waters of stardom. Likewise, a K-pop star or musician with a brilliant mind might produce life-changing and thought-provoking lyrics like award-winning poetry, or tunes and riffs so original they enrich the soul. and wow the mind.

Here are seven Korean stars who have chosen to entertain us and bless us with their beautiful spirits.

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The head of BTS is well known for his intelligence – his IQ is a whopping 148. FYI, the IQ of an average person is around 100. Rap ​​Monster, or RM, is most fluent in English in the group, famously learned the language themselves while watching Friends, and have been key to BTS’s success in English-speaking markets and continued global domination. He has a knack for songwriting and wordplay and is credited as a co-author of many of BTS’s most popular songs, including the current hit. Butter. In high school, he was ranked among the top percent of students in national college entrance exams. But what’s most important now is that 26-year-old RM, born Kim Nam-joon, is a steadfast and mature leader in the world’s most popular pop group, propelling them to new heights and shattering all ceilings. It’s genius.

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the Vincenzo heartthrob is apparently pretty smart, scoring 380 out of 400 on a prestigious college entrance exam. He also graduated right in high school subjects and some sources put his IQ at 140. But the real proof of his intelligence? Make everyone believe he’s a real blue Italian-Korean mafia lawyer named Vincenzo who can outsmart the bad guys at every turn.

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Beloved K-Drama actress and mother of Rain’s children Kim Tae-hee is renowned for her intelligence. She graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University, attended by the top 1-1.5% of South Korean students. The 41-year-old beauty has it all: a sexy husband, two daughters, a host of dramatic hits and fabulous wealth, thanks to his wise investments in real estate. She and Rain have been reported to be Korea’s richest real estate celebrity couple, with properties worth S $ 98 million and an endless stream of rental income. They’ll probably never have to work in entertainment again if they don’t want to, but hopefully they will.

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 30: Cha Eun-Woo of boy group ASTRO attends the 'Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul' opening night photocall on October 30, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea.  (Photo by Han Myung-Gu / WireImage)
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The True Beauty actor and Astro member is known as one of South Korea’s “facial geniuses”, people so gorgeous and visually appealing that their faces are considered geniuses. But wouldn’t you know, he’s a brain genius too. Cha apparently has an IQ of 142 and was academically brilliant in school, and was consistently among the top-rated students. He was president of the student council and captain of the sports team, won awards for debates in English and reading, and was on his way to becoming a lawyer or judge, when he gave up a career in law to become singer and actor. All we can say is thank you, Eun-woo, thank you.

Was he able to pull off this amazingly good performance in Vincenzo Because he’s actually a genius? The K-pop actor and star has an IQ of 130 and is versatile. While in high school in Massachusetts, United States, Taec-yeon was a member of the chess club, football team, and the National Honor Society, which means he has academic and athletic prowess. . He then studied at Dankook University and then attended Korea University’s Graduate School of International Studies, where he majored in international relations. He speaks Korean, Japanese, Spanish and English, and uses his fluent English to Vincenzo.

The TVXQ singer is known for his tenor voice, screaming and high notes, but he has something even higher: his IQ. He apparently has an IQ of 150, that’s only 10 points lower than Einstein! He has written lyrics for TVXQ and other K-pop groups, is fluent in English and Japanese, and holds a postmodern music degree from prestigious Kyung Hee University, a second degree in film and arts from Konkuk University and a master’s degree from Inha. University. What is one of the smartest guys in K-entertainment going to do next?

And if you think no celebrity can beat an IQ of 150, here is Tablo, 40, frontman and producer of veteran alternative hip hop group Epik High, with a jaw-dropping IQ of 160. It’s on par with the one of the great geniuses of the world, the physicist Albert Einstein. Tablo, known as the genius behind the music of Epik High, which is the first Korean act to be performed at Coachella, received a BA and MA in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University in three and a half years. . It’s a feat seen as so impossible, it exploded and became national news in Korea when Tablo was accused by some fan sites of falsifying his Stanford credentials. After investigations, police involvement and prosecution, it was proven that Tablo was a graduate of Stanford. Earlier this year, Epik High returned with their 10th album, and it’s as gritty, current, and cerebral as one might expect.


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